Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today announced he will return approximately $155,000 in unspent office funds to the U.S. Treasury to be applied toward national debt reduction. This represents nearly 11 percent of Amodei's budget for 2012. Last year, Amodei returned $86,800 to the treasury or 18 percent of his prorated budget.
"While the President and Congress have thus far lacked the fortitude to take action to halt our ever-expanding $16 trillion debt, I think it's important to lead by example and run a fiscally conservative office. My goal is to provide the greatest possible service to my constituents at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers," said Amodei.
Since Amodei was elected in September of 2011, he has supported provisions to cut his personal office's operating budget by 11.4%. He voted in favor of extending a pay freeze for Members of Congress and federal employees, and eliminated two vacant staff positions, one in his Washington, D.C. office and one in his Reno Office. Amodei also voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment and against the Senate's fiscal cliff deal, which raises $41 in revenue for every dollar of spending cuts.
This year, Amodei voted for H.R. 6726, to eliminate pay increases for members of congress, the vice president, and federal employees, which were scheduled to occur after President Obama signed an executive order ending the pay freeze. The legislation would continue to freeze salaries of lawmakers and the nation's two million federal employees for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The measure passed the House 287 to 129, with 55 Democrats voting with Republicans against the president's order.
"The last thing Washington, D.C. deserves is a raise," said Amodei. "The present administration vehemently opposes even the most modest spending cuts. And yet the President signs an executive order to give congress and the vice president a raise? We must start the job of returning to some semblance of fiscal sanity and it needs to start immediately."